A dive into the odours, sounds and ancient traditions of a special place, Carnia, where nature is still intact and the pace of life is sustainable.
Dolomiti Village is along the road that leads from Comeglians to Ravascletto, two kilometres from the Zoncolan ski slopes. In the summer time, you can travel along the “Panoramica delle Vette”, which became famous thanks to the missing leg of the Giro d’Italia 2011. The path which leads to the top of Monte Crostis starts from the Panoramica delle Vette. Once at the top, the majestic massif Monte Coglians is ahead and it is not rare to meet marmots or to admire the flight of an eagle.
Travelling along the roads of Val Degano you come across some enchanting villages, Povolaro and Maranzanis being the nearest, where time seems to have stood still. In fact, the villages in this valley still have their characteristic architecture almost fully intact, with exposed stone houses, covered with roofs made of typical terracotta tiles. In the nearby Val Pesarina, the heart of the Friuli Dolomites, it is worth visiting Pesariis, the village of clocks. There you can visit the Clock Museum, which takes you back through the history and evolution of time measuring instruments. Along the streets of the village, there are 12 monumental clocks located at different points along a very evocative route, which has become a sort of open-air museum. Just outside the village, slightly above the hamlet of Truia, a short walk leads to the stavoli Orias, characteristic rural mountain buildings which, unlike in other places, are collected into a small cluster here.
From Dolomiti Village it is easy to reach all the main tourist locations in Carnia: Sauris, Arta Terme or Tolmezzo, the capital of Carnia with the village of Illegio, where an international religious art exhibition is held every year. Or even in Pedemontana Friulana, at Lake Cavazzo or at the natural reserve in Cornino. And why not take a trip over the border into nearby Austria? There are many possible itineraries for excursions or visits to the small natural and artistic treasures of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the bordering countries.